NEMA Solicits Support For Cameroonian Refugees In Benue
Over six thousand refugees who fled Cameroon as a result of the anglophone crisis in that country are camped in Kwande local government area of Benue state.
Violence in English-speaking areas of Cameroon over the last year is taking its toll- in neighbouring Nigeria, where thousands of refugees are seeking sanctuary.
Cameroon was divided between French and British colonial rulers before independence in 1960 and English-speakers account for some 20 percent of the population of 23 million.
They have long protested against what they perceive to be a bias towards their French-speaking compatriots.
Executive Secretary, State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA Mr. Emmanuel Shior stated this when he visited the camps located in Mbaikyo, Menev and Moon Wards of the Local Government.
Accompanied by officials from the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Shior explained that the crisis between the Northwest and Southwest regions of Cameroon has escalated thereby forcing the refugees to flee to kwande on foot through the bush.
Mr. Shior who said the refugees were been verified by both NEMA and SEMA officials therefore appealed to relevant stakeholders to swing into action in order to provide minimum service to the refugees.
BY: TERNA INJUA/BENUE